Enlightened Women: Modernist Feminism in a Postmodern Age, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Enlightened Women

Modernist Feminism in a Postmodern Age, 1st Edition

By Alison Assiter

Routledge

176 pages

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This is a bold and controversial feminist, philosophical critique of postmodernism. Whilst providing a brief and accessible introduction to postmodernist feminist thought, Enlightened Women is also a unique defence of realism and enlightenment philosophy.

The first half of the book covers an analysis of some of the most influential postmodernist theorists, such as Luce Irigaray and Judith Butler. In the second half Alison Assiter advocates a return to modernism in feminism. She argues, against the current orthodoxy, that there can be a distinction between "sex" and "gender".

For students trying to pick their way through the maze of literature in the area of postmodernist feminism, Enlightened Women is a concise guide to contemporary thought - as well as a radical contribution to the debate.

Reviews

'A well-grounded defence of feminist principles through a considered, reasoned conversation with postmodernism.' - Red Pepper

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